Crowns And Bridges
A crown is a type of dental restoration which completely caps or encircles a tooth or dental implant. Crowns are often needed when a large cavity threatens the ongoing health of a tooth. They are typically bonded to the tooth using a dental cement. Crowns are often used to improve the strength or appearance of teeth.
HOW DO BRIDGES WORK?
A bridge may be recommended if you're missing one or more teeth. Gaps left by missing teeth eventually cause the remaining teeth to rotate or shift into the empty spaces, resulting in a bad bite. The imbalance caused by missing teeth can also lead to gum disease and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders.
Bridges are commonly used to replace one or more missing teeth. They span the space where the teeth are missing. Bridges are cemented to the natural teeth or implants surrounding the empty space. These teeth, called abutments, serve as anchors for the bridge. A replacement tooth, called a pontic, is attached to the crowns that cover the abutments.
With the ongoing progress and innovations of ceramic materials, we are no longer limited to the use of crowns with metal copings inside. These all ceramic restorations are just as strong as traditional crowns, but the esthetics are increased by a hundred.
Porcelain or ceramic crowns and bridges can be matched to the color of your natural teeth, with out the fear of showing a black line by your gums, like some traditional restorations.